14 3 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity

Melanie-Wilson-vertical-200x300Interview with Melanie Wilson.

Do you ever struggle with getting things done? Do you ever obsess over your to do list? Would you like to learn how to get more done?

In today’s podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson of psychowith6.com shares 3 habits she learned from a year of living productively, and she also helped me with some of my own time management problems.

To listen on iTunes: click here

During her year of productive living, Melanie tried out a different productivity program or tool each week.

She then wrote a weekly blog post about her experience, sharing the things she liked and didn’t like about the tool or program. The posts are fascinating to read. Click here for a list of the posts.

Melanie also wrote a post on her blog today where she shares the other three productivity habits that she didn’t talk about on the podcast. Click here for that post: 6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively.

Other News

Beginning next week, I’ll be posting more sporadically, and also going back to a mix of regular posts and podcasts. I’ve been working on getting a new book out but it still has quite a ways to go, so I’ll be posting less frequently so I can put my efforts into that.

The new book will have starting a habit/accomplishing a goal questions, stopping a habit questions, and emotions questions. If you have any ideas for questions that would fit into any of those categories, let me know!

I’ve been having some problems with my blog lately so you can’t always contact me through the about tab. If you can’t reach me there, you can reach me on twitter (@barbraveling) or leave a comment on one of my blog posts. Usually the contact form is only down for a little bit the night before I post and the morning I post – so you can also check back again later if you don’t see it.

Other Resources

3 Habits That Will Boost Your ProductivityGetting Things Done by David Allen

To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done by S.J. Scott (This is the one I talked about on the podcast that talks about rating the tasks on your to-do list in terms of the emotional effort you need to put out to do the task.)

A Year of Living Productively: list of Melanie’s blog posts

6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively, by Melanie Wilson

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13 How to Stop Being Annoyed: 12 Questions to Ask

How to Stop Being Annoyed 12 Questions to Ask

Do you have a hard time enjoying that person in your life who annoys you on a regular basis?

Would you like to forgive and forget, but you’re not sure how?

In today’s podcast, we’ll talk about how to let go of those angry feelings that fester inside of us.

We’ll do that by going through the anger questions and Bible verses in the I Deserve a donut book and/or app.

If you’re annoyed with someone right now, these questions and Bible verses will help!

To listen or subscribe on iTunes: click here

Other Resources

Anger/Annoyance Questions and Bible Verses

20 Things to be Thankful for When Life is Hard

15 Words That Will Change Your Relationships

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12 Learning to Adjust to a Different Life Than You’re Used To


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Interview with Ngina Otiende

Today I’m excited to have my friend Ngina Otiende on The Christ Habits Podcast.

Ngina blogs about the early years of marriage at IntentionalToday.com.

I would encourage you to drop over to her blog as she has lots of great advice for both single people and married people!

In today’s podcast we’ll be talking about:

  • Working on your goals and dreams, even when it’s difficult.
  • Learning how to adjust to a different life than you’re used to living.
  • Learning to trust God in the midst of uncertainty.
  • Ngina also shares her story of moving to the States from Kenya three years ago. If you’d like to know more about her journey, click here. 

As I listened again to the podcast while preparing to put it on the blog, I was struck by how perfect Ngina’s advice on going through a transition was for me personally, as we just started the empty nest life a few weeks ago.

Thankfully, Ngina also sent over five tips for those of us who are going through a transition, in addition to what she says on the podcast. Here are Ngina’s tips:

5 Tips for Those Going Through a Transition from Ngina Otienda

Learning to Adjust to a Different Life Than You're Used to Living1) Don’t focus on the past. It will drain you and take your focus from the moment

2) Take it one day at a time. You don’t have to figure out the rest of your life now. The only way not to worry about the future is to know what God says about it. Look for and memorize verses of Scriptures that deal with fear, anxiety or any other thing you might be struggling with. Positive thoughts won’t carry you through, God’s Word will.

3) Apply yourself to what God is telling you to do now. Sometimes it will not look big or significant, nothing remotely looking like your big dream or aspiration. But just be obedient. When we are faithful with little, He opens up the next step. Don’t expect to move to the next level, if you are not being faithful with His current instructions.

4) You might have to cut out negative voices, even for a season – people or situations that conflict with God’s current instruction to you. Obviously be wise, be open and honest but realize that God does not mandate that everyone will understand the new thing He’s doing in your life. Don’t carry everyone’s concerns and burdens and discouragement.

5) Most important, intentionally invest in your relationship with God. Spend time in prayer, His word. You can’t slack off on your relationship during transition (or any other time!). You have to be close to God because He’s all you got, your source of strength and your future.

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Online Freedom from Emotional Eating Class Begins Soon!

book coverHi Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that Karon Ruiz,  will facilitate an online Freedom From Emotional Eating Bible study beginning September 22nd through November 14th. September 15th (this Monday!) will launch the introduction and getting to know you week.  Class sign-ups end on September 21st.

Seven other ladies will assist Karon in hosting this class, each facilitating one week. This is a private Facebook group and you would need to send Karon Ruiz a friends request and a message letting her know you want to sign up.

It’s a free class, but participants will need to purchase Freedom From Emotional Eating either the workbook or Kindle. Since there is writing to do each day, the workbook might be easier to use.

If you don’t think you’ll be able to get your book by September 21st, click here to access the introduction and first chapter.

If I have any other announcements for classes, I’ll post them on the Weight Loss Resources and Classes tab up at the top of the page, so check there if you’re interested in a class. I’ll try to post those on my I Deserve a Donut Facebook page as well. Hope you’re all enjoying the fall!

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11 Help for your Marriage with Heidi Byslma

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200Interview with Heidi Bylsma

Today I have the privilege of sharing a wonderful interview about marriage with my friend Heidi Bylsma. I hope it’s as much of a blessing to you as it is to me.

This is an encouraging interview whether  your marriage could use just a little tweaking or a major overhaul.

To listen on iTunes: click here (Note: For some reason the last two podcasts haven’t shown up in iTunes.  You can still get them by subscribing to the podcast in iTunes. Right now, only the subscribers are getting the latest episodes. To subscribe, click on the link above and then click on the little blue button that says “view in iTunes” and then click on subscribe.)

Renewing of the Mind Tools

Help for Your MarriageHeidi offers several suggestions of ways you can renew your mind if you’re struggling in your marriage.

Click on the links below to find the resources she mentioned in the blog.

Creating a God List: http://heidibylsma.com/step-6/

Praise Fest and What is it? http://heidibylsma.com/praise-fest/

Truth Cards: http://www.thinwithin.org/truth-cards-what-they-are/

I Deserve a Donut Questions: Available in paperback or Kindle, Android app, or iPhone app.

Truth Journaling: http://barbraveling.com/2014/03/09/how-to-truth-journal/

If you’d like to reach Heidi, here are some links for her: 

Email address: heidibylsma@gmail.com

Speaking: http://heidibylsma.com/speaking/

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Worry vs. Concern: 8 Characteristics of Each

Worry vs. Concern 8 Characteristics of EachToday I’m happy to have a guest post by a blogger friend, Caleb Suko. Caleb  just published a helpful book on worry called, What If: How to Kill Worry and Anxiety Before They Kill You. This is a slightly modified excerpt from his book.

Sometimes worry can be difficult to identify in our life. This is because we often feel like worry is something good! We believe that if we love our child, then we should worry about them, we think that worry over a loved one’s safety is justified and even proof of our love for that person. Continue reading

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10 How to Break Free from Idolatry

How to Break Free from IdolatryIn today’s podcast we’ll talk about 6 steps to breaking free from idolatry.

This podcast is based on a post I wrote last year, although I’ve changed the steps just a bit. To see that post and the study that goes with it, click here.

To listen to the post in iTunes, click here.

For the idolatry quiz, click here.

Other resources:

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